Production Group

March 7, 2024

FRONTLINE Oscar winner posted at GBH OutPost

The Oscar winning FRONTLINE documentary “20 Days in Mariupol” was color-graded and mixed at GBH’s OutPost post-production facility. Shot by Associated Press director/camerman Mstyslav Chernov entirely on a DSLR during the first days of Russia’s assault on the city of Mariupol, Ukraine, it posed unique challenges for the post team. 

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When director Chernov saw colorist Jim Ferguson’s first-pass grade he asked Jim to find a way to convey the constant dust in the air from shelling. So, grading the 4k project in DaVinci Resolve, Jim took it from a contrasty-blue winter look to a lighter brownish-gray. Although we often color-correct remotely for clients, having the directo...

Dec. 5, 2022


The second ever Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony, recorded in Boston on Friday, December 2nd, was post-produced at the OutPost on a fast turnaround for the BBC and PBS. Prine w 2Sponsored by Prince William of the British Royal Family, the Earthshot Prize is an annual event that awards one-million pounds sterling to each of five small non-profits fro...

Oct. 26, 2021

Jazz for the Planet @GBH Studios & OutPost

The Tällberg Foundation's Jazz for the Planet concert took place in front of a live audience in GBH's Fraser Performance Studio on October 21 and the Production Group was there to capture it. Tällberg was looking for a world-class recording studio to capture Marco Pignotaro and some of the finest Jazz musicians in the country performing ne...

Oct. 1, 2021

OutPost Colors Poetry In America

OutPost at GBH is well into finishing on Season 3 of POETRY IN AMERICA. The production met new challenges during the pandemic of Covid-19. Interviews moved to more exterior locations to enable social distancing, but that created inconsistent lighting conditions with clouds often obscuring the sun. Outpost Colorist David Bigelow used Davinc...

Feb. 24, 2021

How Frame Rates Help Tell the Director’s Story

Recently, Senior Editor Jim Ferguson and the OutPost team wrapped up post-production for two Frontline programs that aired back-to-back, Iraq’s Assassins and Yemen’s COVID Cover-Up. The filmmakers for both programs were based in the UK, and, as a result, the footage was primarily shot in 25 frames per second progressive (25P). Additionally...

Feb. 22, 2021

Edit From Any Location with New Technology Resources

As part of GBH’s ongoing Technology Roundtable, staff responsible for GBH’s many media brands meet regularly to discuss new technology resources. Organized by Senior Director of Production Technology, Tim Mangini, these now-virtual discussions help inform and educate internal production and post-production units about the latest advances i...

Jan. 25, 2021

GBH Production Group Provides Safe Haven for “Messiah for Our Time”

For 166 years Boston’s Handel + Haydn Society had continuously performed “Messiah” each holiday season until the Coronavirus pandemic threatened to end that record in 2020. With the COVID-19 pandemic in full-swing their annual tradition faced cancellation until GBH stepped up to ensure the 167th would go on as scheduled.

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Dec. 17, 2020

Yo-Yo Ma Performs “A New Equilibrium” in Live Global Concert from Fraser Studio

GBH Studios were thrilled to welcome world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, to the Fraser Performance Studio this past October where he performed three live concerts in one 24-hour period to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.

Led by Yo-Yo Ma, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, a variety of accomplished artist...

Sept. 18, 2018

Academy Award-Winning Sound Designer, Mark Mangini, speaking at WGBH

WGBH is proud to host Academy Award winning sound designer Mark Mangini who will present a talk and film screening at WGBH’s 4k Yawkey Theater on September 28th.  At this special event, sponsored by Avid ProTools and Rule Boston Camera, Mark will discuss the process of designing sound for film using scenes from the Oscar nominated Blade Ru...

July 13, 2018

Color Grading as Tool for Storytelling

Jim Ferguson took a set of scenes from the recent Frontline "Myanmar's Killing Fields" and graded them four different ways to show how color correction can be used as a storytelling tool.  Check it out. 

July 5, 2018

Naughton Sisters Record Album at WGBH

The Naughton Sisters came to the Fraser Studio at WGBH to record their next album for Warner Classics. The Naughton twins and Warner were attracted by the fantastic acoustics of Fraser Studio, the great sound of our SSL board, and the presence of two Steinway pianos on premises for their duets.  Most important to them, however, was working...

July 26, 2017

WGBH Media Makers Tech Roundtable

The July Technology Roundtable at WGBH was held in the Yawkey Theater.  The topic was smaller scale, digital-first production: What tools and platforms are being used? What are the strategies for managing projects and initiatives? What are the pinch points in production? Guest host Annie Shreffler (WGBH Forum Network) led the session. Join...

June 6, 2016

Jim Ferguson on Color Correction

Jim Ferguson recently did a presentation explaining how he analyzes images when he color corrects for FRONTLINE and other clients.  He was good enough to narrate it so that we could share it here on our blog.